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Milk Shake Cupcakes in a Cup

“Let’s go to the hop, Oh Baby.  Let’s go to the hop.”

I have no idea who sings that song and I only know that line and now I’ve got it stuck in my head. 

Our school’s Parents Group puts on a Sock Hop every year for the elementary students and their families.  No matter what the weather is like outside, they always have a great turn out. 

The kids get dressed up in 50’s clothing with poodle skirts and slicked back hair.  There were some cool cats, greasers and big daddies all making the scene. 


Malts were served and lots of dancing went on.  This year they even had a Barbershop Quartet that added to the festivities.  They were really good!


The Parents Group keeps it very affordable for families to attend.  Admission is only $2 per person or $5 for a family or your whole family can get in FREE – yes FREE – if you bring a cake for the Cake Walk. 

The Cake Walk is always a huge hit!  There is a line waiting to play all night long until the very last cake is given away.  If you’ve never heard of a Cake Walk, this is how it works.

  • $.25 to play.
  • 12 numbers are on the ground – 1 person to each number.
  • Music is played for about 15 – 20 seconds.
  • When the music stops, each person stands on the number they stopped on.
  • A number is drawn from a bucket.
  • Whoever is standing on the corresponding number wins the cake of their choice.  Lucky Ducks!

It’s a great fundraiser.  Each round brings in $3 (if you use 12 numbers, you can use more or less).  It’s pure profit since all of the cakes are donated.  This year’s proceeds went to the Cross Country Team who worked the Cake Walk and helped in various volunteer positions throughout the night. 

Since we had the Cake Walk to look forward to, I decided to make two items to take with us.  I first made the Record Cake and then these cute Milk Shake Cupcakes in a Cup.


The cupcakes were easy to make, easy to transport and oh so cute!  Just follow the directions below and everyone, and I mean everyone, will be impressed with your skills (even if you don’t feel like you have any).

Now it’s time for me to split and burn some rubber – I’ve got errands to run.

Milk Shake Cupcakes in a Cup

Yield: 16 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


• 24 cupcakes out of their liners
• 16 – 9 ounce plastic cups
• 32 ounces of white buttercream icing in a decorating bag with the tip 1M attached
• Non-pareils – coordinating colors
• 16 gumballs or round balls of fondant


1. Cut 8 cupcakes in half.
2. Place 1 full cupcake in the bottom of the cup.
3. Swirl around some icing.
4. Place a half of cupcake on top of the icing.
5. Make a big swirl of icing on top to make it look like the top of a milk shake.
6. Decorate with accents and a gumball.

In place of a straw you could use a small spoon for an ice cream sundae look.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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4 Responses to “Milk Shake Cupcakes in a Cup”

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    Audrey (Mom) — February 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Danny and the Juniors sang “At the Hop” – lets’s go to the hop. Brings back many good memories of my “Teen Hop” days as a teenager and TV Bandstand days too. I know, Mom is giving her age away here!

    • Kendra replied: — February 29th, 2012 @ 8:10 am

      Yup – you’re giving your age away! 🙂

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    Sue W. — February 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Now that song is stuck in *my* head. So, thanks for that. These are awesomely cute! Bet your cake was snatched up quick!

    Here’s a return favor:
    “A wiggle in her walk giggle in her talk…makes the world go ’round (’round, ’round)…Nothing in the world like a big- eyed girl
    Make me act so funny spend my money
    I feel real loose like a long neck goose like a girl whoa baby that’s a what I like”

    (Or that’s how *I* remember it…accuracy not guaranteed.)

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    Sue — March 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    That is sooo much better than the songs I’ve had stuck in my head the last couple days. I like the Big Bopper one that was posted, too!

    Those cupcakes are adorable!! 🙂